The estate of legendary sports announcer John Facenda has scored another victory in a battle with NFL Films that centers on whether Facenda's distinctive voice, known as the "Voice of God," was improperly used in a promotional film for a John Madden video game. A 3rd Circuit panel ruled that NFL Films violated Pennsylvania's "right of publicity" statute. But the panel also partially overturned Facenda's lower-court victory, finding the judge erred in ruling that NFL Films had violated the federal Lanham Act.
NFL Held Liable in 'Voice of God' Case
The Legal Intelligencer
September 10, 2008